Political Unrest
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China snuffs protests in village that got a whiff of freedom

International | Government uses arrests, tear gas, and rubber bullets to regain control
by June Cheng
Posted 9/13/16, 12:46 pm

Five years ago, the fishing village of Wukan symbolized the power of grassroots movement in communist China when protests over land grabs ended successfully with a compromise and the ability to elect its own local officials. Yet those dreams shattered as images emerged Tuesday of riot police violently clashing with villagers after authorities imprisoned their former village leader on corruption charges last week.

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Can more peacekeepers stop the violence in South Sudan?

Africa | Government agrees to more international troops, but analysts say only a political solution can end the conflict
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/06/16, 10:39 am

Under intense pressure, South Sudan on Sunday agreed to a United Nations deployment of a new 4,000-member peacekeeping force. But the country’s government already is attempting to undermine the agreement, creating exceptions and refusing to finalize the deployment details.

The peacekeeping force will primarily protect civilians in the capital, Juba, where renewed fighting and unrest in July prompted the United Nations Security Council to push for more peacekeepers in the country.

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Deadly protests rock Gabon after disputed elections

Africa | Opposition leader disputes results that extend ruling family’s 50-year grip on power
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/02/16, 10:30 am

Security forces in the Central African nation of Gabon on Thursday arrested more than 1,000 people and confirmed at least three deaths as violent protests over disputed presidential election results rock the country.

Incumbent President Ali Bongo narrowly defeated his opponent, Jean Ping, 49.8 percent to 48.2 percent, according to provisional results released Wednesday. Bongo succeeded his father, Omar, as the president of the oil-producing country in 2009. His re-election will extend the family’s nearly 50-year rule.

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